Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Cool Mornings For A Bit Longer

    Huntsville, Ala. – It was a cool morning in the Tennessee Valley and we will likely see below average readings again Tuesday. Enjoy it because higher temperatures and humidity are in the forecast by the weekend. Middle to upper 50s are normal for mid-May in the Tennessee Valley. Monday morning it felt like it. There is an upper trough along the east coast allowing the cooler temperatures to move into the Tennessee Valley. With a north wind, it’s keeping all the […]

  • Severe Storms Possible Through Your Friday

    Huntsville, Ala. – With the remnant low of Cindy to our west, the chance of severe weather remains in the forecast across north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee through the day. Tropical systems have bands of heavy rainfall with breaks in between. The sun could briefly come out as well. Look for this pattern the rest of the day. Here is a glance at the latest radar image for the Tennessee Valley. The timeline has the heaviest rain moving through here […]

  • Cindy now a depression – Plenty of rain to come

    Huntsville, Ala. – Cindy made landfall this morning along the southwestern Louisiana coastline. Plenty of wind and rain is in the forecast here in the Tennessee Valley in the coming days. At 10am, Cindy is now a depression.   Here is a look at the latest radar image:   The official track takes the system north and east close to the Tennessee Valley on Friday. Ahead of the system heavy rain along with windy conditions are likely. We can’t rule […]

  • Flooding – Wind Damage – Possible Tornadoes Along the Gulf Coast

      Huntsville, Ala. – Tropical Storm Cindy won’t make landfall until late tonight into the early morning hours of Thursday near the Texas/Louisiana coast.  Here is the 10am CT advisory and track. Maximum sustained winds are down to 50 mph.     Unfortunately, wind and heavy rain impact the gulf coast Wednesday morning. There have been several tornado warnings and multiple reports of damage as of 9am Wednesday morning. This storm is far from over. Some of the rainfall reports […]

  • 10am Tuesday Advisory: Not A Tropical Storm Yet

    Huntsville, Ala. – The system in the Gulf of Mexico hasn’t changed much over the last several hours. It’s not officially “Cindy” just yet. It will like strengthen this afternoon.   Most of the rain and convection is well east of the center of circulation. It’s important not just watch the center, but pay attention the bands of rain as this system moves north in the coming days. Rain is likely across the Tennessee Valley this week though the center […]

  • Heavy Storms Monday Morning – More Possible This Afternoon

       Huntsville, Ala – We had some locally heavy rain move through the Tennessee Valley this morning. We aren’t done yet with more rain likely this afternoon. Here is a look at the regional radar now.   Monday morning rain totals: Triana: 1.25″ Madison: 1.13″ Priceville: 0.71″ Downtown Huntsville: 0.66″   Click here for the latest radar image as you plan the rest of your day! Jeff also reported some street flooding in Decatur. Here is what the Huntsville Hospital […]

  • What to expect from storms Sunday & Monday

    The second half of the weekend will not be as dry as the first. A slow moving cold front has pushed down into Missouri this morning and will stay northwest of the Valley Sunday. We will likely see a few rounds of showers and storms ahead of this front before it moves through Monday. Strong Storms Possible on Father’s Day: Isolated storms are possible before noon Sunday, but the better chance of storms comes later in the day. Another batch of […]

  • Storms ending across the Valley

    A line of strong storms has moved out after bringing heavy rain, high winds, and even some small hail across the Valley earlier this afternoon. Storms caused scattered power outages across Madison and Morgan Counties, and winds up 60 mph took down some large trees and scattered smaller trees over roadways including portions of 431 South. Be careful driving while crews work to clear roadways and restore power. Some lingering storms are still possible through the evening, but the severe […]

  • An Early Look At Your Father’s Day Forecast

    Father’s Day is almost here! It’s this Sunday, June 18. Lately hot temperatures, high humidity, along with a few storms have been the story. This weekend doesn’t look any different. Showers and storms are possible Sunday, but there will be dry times this weekend. Here is an early look at the GFS valid Sunday morning, Sunday midday, and Sunday evening.   The green shows the potential for scattered showers and storms across the southeast on Sunday. Right now the chance […]

  • Ben Smith’s trip to Las Vegas: “It’s a dry heat!”

      Huntsville, Ala – I was fortunate to have a wonderful vacation in Las Vegas. First, I would like to congratulate my wonderful nephew, Isaiah Smith. I went out west to see him graduate from high school. Congratulations, Isaiah, and good luck at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.           The weather was very hot, but dry. As they say, “It’s a dry heat!” It was. We had high temperatures in the upper 90s to lower 100s […]

  • More Eastern Pacific Tropical Development Possible

    South Mexico could be in for another tropical system soon. An area of low pressure is developing south of the Gulf of Tehuantepec, which is located along the two southernmost states of Mexico. Showers and storms are becoming more organized around the area of low pressure, which indicates development. If the system continues to develop it could become the third tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season. Even if it does not become a tropical depression it is still expected […]

  • Drought Numbers: Big Improvement from 2016

    We had a rough 2016 with an “exceptional”  drought across the Tennessee Valley. Technically we started the year okay, but around April and May, the wheels came off.   Just over two inches in April and less than that in May wasn’t good enough. That’s where things went downhill. Normally we see over nine inches for that time and we only saw a shade under four. We had a slow recovery in June and July,  but then it was too late. […]